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September 2021 saw the return of the Active Citizens’ Fund (ACF) and with it the opportunity for community groups in the West Midlands to apply for grants up to the value of £5,000.

Following the success of round one, we are able to open up the fund in 2022 for round two. We are inviting applications from Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley.

We are unable to accept applications from Coventry, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton as funding for these areas has already been allocated for the financial year 2021/22.

All guidance and information is available below.

Important Dates:

This round of funding officially opens on 10th January 2022.

All bids to be submitted to the appropriate NPU by noon on Friday 28th January 2022.

Decisions will be made my local panels by 11th February 2022.

Should you apply?

The purpose of the ACF is to support local communities who are actively involved in projects which aim to make a positive difference to them and which make the West Midlands a safer place to live and/or work.  All funded projects must contribute to crime prevention/reduction or community safety in the local area. 

Through this funding, the Police & Crime Commissioner is encouraging active citizenship and a closer working relationship between members of the West Midlands communities and the West Midlands Police.

The Commissioner has provided each Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) with a budget to help fund community projects that reflect his aims and the priorities of West Midlands Police and whilst priority will be given to projects within Impact Areas (see list below) this will not exclude other areas.

Impact Areas:

NPUImpact Areas
Birmingham East                             Bordesley Green, Erdington, Sparkhill / Sparkbrook
Birmingham WestBirmingham City Centre, Lozells, Three Estates (Northfield/Kings Norton)
CoventryHillfields, Wood End and Bell Green
DudleyBrierley Hill, Dudley Central
SandwellPrinces End, Smethwick, Soho & Victoria, West Bromwich Central
SolihullChelmsley Town, Smithswood
WalsallSt Matthews, Willenhall
WolverhamptonBilston, Whitmore Reans

As with all funding, there are various associated essential criteria.  Please refer to the *additional documents.

Data Protection Information

Bids will be considered by decision-making panels which will include members from local communities.  Please be aware that by submitting an application you are consenting to the information within the application being shared.

Pre-application support

Before completing an application form please contact the appropriate NPU Partnership team for guidance and advice.   Relevant initial contact email addresses are shown below –

For general enquiries you can also contact the Police & Crime Commissioner’s office –

 By phone:  (0121) 626 6060          By email:    [email protected]


  • If successful, you will be notified by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office.  The appropriate NPU will notify all those who are unsuccessful at this stage, providing feedback on their bids.
  • Successful organisations/groups will be contacted by the Office of the PCC to confirm success. This is when you will be asked to sign and return a Grant Conditions form, provide a copy of the organisation’s bank statement and must complete all provider set up forms before any payments to be made
  • Please note that all successful schemes/projects are monitored.  It is a condition of grant that recipients provide assessment reports and details of financial expenditure, including copies of all receipts, when requested.  Failure to do so may result in a request for the grant to be returned.  

Application Documents